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Halloween is here – make your own scary spider web!

This art project is inspired by an artwork called Little Miss Muffet by the artist Paula Rego.

Paula Rego was born in Portugal in 1935. As a young girl, she loved to spend time drawing with her grandmother who would often read nursery rhymes and fairytales to her. A lot of her paintings and drawings are inspired by these poems and stories, such as Little Miss Muffet. Do you know the rhyme Little Miss Muffet?

What you will need:

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


Now let’s get to work:

  • Cut tissue paper into a square shape.
  • Fold into 3 triangles.
  • Fold once more as shown.
  • Cut the top of the triangle as shown and cut a slight curve along the top of the larger triangle.
  • Draw out the lines of the spider web.
  • Space lines out evenly.
  • Carefully cut out the shapes along the folded paper.
  • Carefully open out the web.


Now choose where you are going to put your scary web. Happy Halloween everyone!

As ever, please share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome

About the Artist

Paula Rego 1935–2022

Born in Portugal in 1935, Paula Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her work is highly figurative, and often relates specifically to folk tales, fairy tales, children’s literature and nursery rhymes. Rego lives and works in London and has exhibited widely in Britain and internationally. Since 2004, major retrospectives of her work have been held at Tate Britain, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
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